BANGOR, Maine — Despite a renewed search effort led Friday by the Maine Warden Service, dozens of searchers found no signs of a 67-year-old Canadian man who has been missing for more than two weeks, Cpl. John MacDonald said in a statement Friday evening.
MacDonald said last month that wardens believe Renald Poulin, a Saint Come, Quebec, resident who was in the area to explore abandoned tram rail systems, may have encountered a problem in the Umbazooksus Dam area as early as Tuesday, Nov. 26, when he crossed the border.
On Friday, MacDonald said the search has been suspended until temperatures rise and the snow has melted. Snow has hampered the search for Poulin since game wardens began looking for him on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Wardens came across his green 2002 Kia Sedona near Umbazooksus Dam during an unrelated search for two missing hunters from Millinocket, who were found shortly thereafter, MacDonald said earlier.
The primary search area was Township 6 Range 13, located in Piscataquis County, and included both the western and southwestern shores of Umbazooksus Lake, Umbazooksus Stream and significant portions of the once-used tram railway system believed to be Poulin’s destination.
MacDonald said Friday the ice that has formed on Umbazooksus Lake, nearby small bogs and other wet areas has made the effort to locate Poulin especially difficult.
“Weather conditions will need to improve significantly before further searching can occur,” he said. Search teams were out all day Friday, conducting a combination of grid, hasty and K-9 team searches, he said.
Temperatures remained around 10 degrees and snow fell during the morning hours, MacDonald said. Searchers covered new areas and some previously searched areas were covered again.
Participating in the effort were 22 state game wardens, 18 members of the Maine Association of Search and Rescue, or MESAR, as well as four rangers from the Maine Forest Service and members of the Civil Air Patrol, MacDonald said.
Search teams associated with MASAR included Lincoln Search and Rescue, Lincoln County Search and Rescue, Wilderness Search and Rescue, Waldo County Search and Rescue, Franklin County Search and Rescue and the Maine Association of Search and Rescue Dogs, MacDonald said.
Game wardens are asking anyone who may have seen Poulin’s vehicle parked at the Umbazooksus Dam between Nov. 26 and Nov. 30 to call the Public Safety Dispatch Center in Houlton at 800-924-2261.